In the Raw: John Anthony Lopez

John Anthony Vela Lopez stands 6′ and is now one of the more popular male models in Manila. He literally came from nowhere and blazed through the runways and media with his organic Filipino look. He was featured in last year’s Cosmopolitan Philippines 69th St. Bachelors’ Bash and in the Bench Fever fashion show. A contestant in the 2007 Mister World-Philippines, he backed out at the last minute due to conflict with his schedule in a TV commercial shoot.

Dreamboat: Rodel Felicidario

I remember clearly his audition video for the toothpaste image model search [Closeup To Fame], where the camera follows a young guy around the streets of Kalookan City in his mock Hardwood Mitchell & Ness jersey and shorts with Spartan sandals. I was thinking this could be a diamond in the rough.
Unfortunately, although he passed the auditions , he did not get through the finals. However, the guy’s back, polished and with vengeance. He was in Cosmopolitan Philippines magazine’s 69 Eligible Bachelors for 2006. He also bagged a modeling contract for one of the top agencies, which booked him his most lucrative deal yet – the Bench Fever show. He has also appeared in TVCs and print media commercials, such as BPI and Globe Telecoms. Pretty soon, he will invade showbiz.

Island Heat: Sergio Giray

He was one of the models who were brave enough to do the full monty on stage in that male revue Penis Talks. Sergio Giray, who is 22 years old and stands at 5’9″, has also done the rounds of bikini contests, most memorable of which was a first runner-up finish in the Island Heat Bikini Contest in 2005 and a fourth runner-up prize in Mr. Kourus 2005 which was won by pixie-faced model, Dennis Dimalibot.

Sizzler: Jon Mullally

So, that’s the correct spelling of his surname pala. Icon Magazine’s latest coverboy is Jonathan Mullally, an Irish-Filipino who won last year’s Century Tuna Superbods Image Model Search. The guy’s been modeling for a couple of years in Manila and lately, he has gone the sexy route via the Cosmopolitan Philippines 69th Street Bachelors’ Bash. He is also an endorser now of local underwear brand Bench.
Some other facts about the guy: He was discovered by singer Ogie Alcasid’s manager when he was lining up for a signing session with singer Regine Velasquez. Jon used to take the bus home to Bulacan when he was still new in the biz, and he would get stares from passengers because of his Pan-Asian looks and height. He now lives in that new condo [often seen with an exotic-looking lady] across the now-closed raunchy bar Blue Bar near Club Government in Makati.

Winsome: John Carlo Cruz

John Carlo Cruz was last seen as one of the 10 finalists at the Mister World Philippines 2007, which was eventually won by Emmanuel Mago. This seasoned male pageant contestant was also in the search for Man of the Year that was bagged by chunky-hunky Joseph Kidwell. This 6′ charmer is also a commercial model as he has appeared in TVCs.

Heartthrob: Andrew Montevista

Valentino magazine’s newest coverboy, Andrew Montevista is 20 years old and a native of Pampanga province. He is, as the magazine article goes, a bartender in one of the hotels along Roxas Boulevard [Don’t ask which hotel. Could be the Diamond or the former Westin.]. Further, he revealed that he used to be chubby [as he loves to cook], but to date he has trimmed down to his desired size after diet and basketball. Evidently.


In 2005, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that 25 percent of “buttock implants” were performed on men as were 8 percent of “buttock lifts”. This goes to show that there is an increasing trend among men for surgical methods to modify their bodies. In the Philippines, Belo Medical Clinic introduced the “buttock lift” last year, with actor-model John Estrada as prototype. Too bad, Belo did not put up John Estrada’s billboards along EDSA, with his new enhanced and perky buttocks. Bummer.

Okay, I must also admit I just wanted to share with you Ido Victor’s gluteus maximus.